Guide To Caring For Your Stone
CARING FOR YOUR COUNTERTOPS
Before choosing the stone for your countertops it is important to have a good understanding of the ongoing maintenance required of each type of stone. While none of the care is arduous, stones are generally categorized as “low-maintenance” or “high maintenance”. Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect to have to do over time to care for your countertops to keep them looking their best.
Granite should be sealed annually to uphold the integrity of the stones shine and luster. When properly sealed the stone doesn’t stain, and if spills are cleaned quickly damage to the seal is unlikely, making this a low-maintenance stone.
Quartz countertops are the easiest natural stone to take care of. Quartz is non-porous and doesn't require sealing. Other than regular cleaning, quartz does not require additional ongoing maintenance.
Quartzite is a very hard stone. However, it is also porous and should be sealed at least annually, this will prevent staining and keep the countertops' shiny surface intact.
Marble is a high-maintenance stone that is porous and should be sealed. Because this natural stone is so porous, even water may create stains under certain conditions. The ideal approach is to clean everything that comes into touch with marble quickly.
Soapstone does not have to be sealed or polished. Mineral oil can be applied semi-regularly to even out the natural darkening that occurs in the stone. But generally this stone is low-maintenance.